- Hi, On August 20th 1973 police discover the remains of 33 people in the basement of a remote Texas house. Two days earlier a group of teenagers are heading toMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2003View SourceHi,
On August 20th 1973 police discover the remains of 33 people in the basement of a remote Texas house. Two days earlier a group of teenagers are heading to a rock concert after a trip to Mexico. When they pick up a distraught young woman who later kills herself the group decide to inform the police. They stop at a remote Texas house to use the phone.......
Why remake a classic horror film that is considered by many to be almost perfect? You would have to bring something new to the table, to take what has been done before and inject a freshness that makes your version worthwhile. In this respect the new version of Chainsaw succeeds.
This is not a shot for shot remake in the vein of Gus Van Sants Psycho. Rather this is Chainsaw in pretty much name only. The first hour of the film bears little resemblance to the 1974 classic. Only as the group are thinned down and we enter the last half hour does the film begin to ape its older brother.
Even then the film takes its own direction with only the odd scene or moment reminding us of Tome Hoppers movie. This is a case of the film being a re-imagining rather than a remake. Yet, as different as this film is to the original you still have to draw comparisons and if you judge the two the original is still the better movie.
Not to say that this new version isnt a good movie, its pretty good and does its job nicely. Its dark, gloomy and violent, with more than its fair share of gore. This is perhaps where the two films differ the most. For all its reputation and notoriety the original Chainsaw was not a gory film. Aside from a late scene where Leatherface cuts his own leg the film is pretty much gore free and relies on Hoopers masterful direction and the lungs of the lead actress to scare its audience.
The new film is more a traditional horror film than the tense, claustrophobic original. Blood, guts and gore fly around freely and Leatherfaces chainsaw is put to good use on more than one occasion. One thing that the new film shares with the original is the lead actress screaming ability. This time around the obscenely hot Jessica Biel is the one doing the running and screaming.
I would personally like to take a moment to thank director Marcus Nispel for having her run through sprinklers and rain in a tight, white top. Also, for showing her from behind a lot in a pair of amazingly tight jeans. Sir, I salute you! Aside from the visual appeal, Biel does a damn fine job in the lead role. She looks scared out of her wits for the entire second half of the movie and also looks strong when it required of her.
Its R. Lee Ermey that steals the movie though. His town sheriff is sleazy (feeling up a dead body), underhand and not to be trusted one little bit. In every scene he chews the scenery up, coming across as just a downright evil, sick son of a bitch. The rest of the cast are fine, nothing startling.
Fans of TV shows 24, Six Feet Under and Buffy will recognise Eric Balfour as Biels ill fated boyfriend. Leatherface himself looks the part and certainly moves like Gunner Hanson did in the original movie. Eagle eyed viewers will spot Aint it Cool News Harry Knowles guest starring as a severed head. John Larroquette reprises his role from the original movie as the films narrator.
Music video director Marcus Nispel keeps things moving along at a sprightly pace and imbues the film with a nice dark look. The griminess is no doubt helped by the use of Daniel Pearl as cinematographer whom also worked on the original film. Nispel has one shot that just blew me away. After the girl kills herself in the van the camera starts with the group of kids and pans back through the girls skull, through the hole blown in the back window and out towards the families house. Its a ballsy, audacious shot and very cool.
As slick and competent as this new film is it is missing the claustrophobia and edginess that original boasted. It had little gore, but the excellent direction and acting made you think you saw a lot more than you actually did. The new film is more your standard horror flick. Gory and with sex appeal, but lacking in scares and a sense of fear.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 is so different from the original film that it may as well have a different title. If you compare the two the original is clearly better, but the new film offers enough style to warrant a look. Heck, R. Lee Ermey makes it worth seeing alone. Add in Jessica Biel and a nice use of gore and you have a horror flick that is the best of the recent batch of kids in the middle of nowhere slashers.
6/10 for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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